Forecast from High Point Market Authority Style Spotters
High Point Market Authority’s Style Spotters forecast bright, bold and brassy interiors for 2015. Let’s take a quick peek into the future. To get the inside track on what’s ahead, the Market Authority asked a few of its 2014 Style Spotters for their forecasts just ahead of Market.
As the economy continues to improve, we’ll see a richly-hued future. “People are less afraid of color,” says Mitzi Beach, ASID, CAPS, of Wichita, Kan. “The colors and styles we use are a reflection of politics and the economy. The use of more color is a sign that things are looking up.” According to Denise McGaha of Denise McGaha Interiors in Dallas, Texas, red is the color to watch. “We saw little red last Market, but we’ll see more this fall,” she says. “It might be plum red or even a burgundy from the late ’80s, something a bit more sophisticated than classic red.” But for sure, it won’t be just one hue. “We’ll see multiple shades of red.” That’s a sentiment shared by Gary Inman, principal and director of hotel and home studio at Glavé & Holmes Architecture in Richmond, Va. “Reds ranging from corals and pinks to more intense garnets and vermilion will emerge as preferred hues. We’re certainly seeing this color family in fashion and beauty products.” Inman should know. He spent five years in the New York fashion industry before shifting to interior design. Anyone who’s been around for the last couple of Markets knows that blue has been a winner, and it appears the color’s not slowing down. “Blue will remain very strong with cobalt, lapis and robin’s egg as fresh additions to navy and indigo,” Inman says. “It’s really big now,” Beach says of blue, “all shades.” Beach recently specified two blue sofas for a couple. The husband was a bit leery, but once the sofas were installed, he was a color convert. “When people enter their home and see the sofas, their mouths drop open,” Beach says. Beige bows out and gray is coming in. “It’s the new neutral,” Beach says.
“Fashion has always influenced interior design but never more than today,” Inman says. “Among the most exciting new trends are the bold patterns inspired by fashion icons such as Diane von Furstenberg, Yves Saint Laurent and Pauline Trigère.” Art also plays a role in trending designs. An artistic influence in patterns, like those reminiscent of antique book endpapers or watercolor splatter, have been seen in a few fabrics. “The next step is to see that artistic flair come into soft goods and rugs,” McGaha says. And historical patterns are emerging. “I love the European influence on fabrics, such as document-style prints,” Beach says. “Florals, exaggerated prints, exaggerated toiles – they’ve exploded in color and shape. A little of this trend goes a long way.”
Brass is here to stay. “It will continue to gain favor,” Inman says. McGaha agrees. “Brass is super hot. It will continue to show up in a lot of ways.” McGaha notes we’ve seen the metallic trend in fabrics, but not so much in case goods, although it’s coming. If it seems like just yesterday we were all about silver and bronze, you’re right. “Five years ago, we would have snubbed our nose at brass,” Beach says. But not now. “Good brass has richness and patina. It’s timeless.”
“Lighting is huge right now,” Beach continues. “Lamps are the jewelry of the room, and smart people are spending money on good lighting.” “We’re seeing jewelry translating into chandelier designs,” McGaha says. “We’re making lighting more art-like instead of just functional.”